June 30, 2007 Subject:
For a change, a live recording
I kind of like this musical short (if having "A Little Robin Told Me So" rolling around in my head is any judge of things). What makes it special for me is that, as opposed to a lot of the other Soundies, this one is recorded live on the set. Pre-recording and lip syncing allow for performers in the other shorts to forget about the music and concentrate on the eye-rolling, shoulder-shaking, and teeth-baring grins that pass for performances. It also gives the filmmakers a chance to use fancier camera work and editing. The folks in this Soundie are too busy to grimace since they're concentrating on playing and singing music. And if they move an inch anywhere, they're off mike. Then there are those "Three Canadian Capers." Firstly, it appears they're musicians who sing, not vocal performers. So like musicians, they're looking off into space while they listen to the music they're making. In actual in-person gigs, the audience wouldn't be on top of them studying their expressions like the camera is in this short. On top of that, they have to run back to the stand in the space of a couple of seconds and grab their instruments! If there's any shortcoming to this Soundie, it's the miking of the voices. The orchestra leader is almost covered by the band as he makes his introduction. Then the trio balance is off. I guess the tall Caper in the middle is the one singing the melody of the song. Unfortunately, he's farther away from the mike than his two short buddies and we're hearing the harmonies drowning out the main music line. Too late to tell them now.
May 4, 2006 Subject:
An okay job
This late 1930's band does an average job, nothing too special about them.
June 11, 2005 Subject:
The band should've been named 'The Multitasking Canadians"
Because they're doing everything! The conductor can play the piano, and the Three Canadian Capers (not to be confused with the Health Food Store) play instruments AND sing! The song is ok, but their voices are laughable.
Reviewer:Wilford B. Wolf
July 30, 2004 Subject:
Oscar Peterson, they are not
Given the name of the trio and the accent of the unnamed band leader, I assume this is a late 1930s Canadian big band. The trio looks decidedly unenthusaistic singing the song, which is cute, but not very memorable.